How to Discover and Govern Your Data with Microsoft Purview and Microsoft Fabric

How Microsoft Purview and Microsoft Fabric work together to empower data discovery and governance

Microsoft Purview is a unified data governance service that helps you manage and govern your on-premises, multi-cloud, and software as a service (SaaS) data. Microsoft Fabric is a new cloud-based data platform that enables you to create, share, and collaborate on data-driven insights with your team. Together, Microsoft Purview and Microsoft Fabric offer a seamless integration that allows you to browse and search Fabric items, access metadata from Fabric items, and apply data policies and classifications to Fabric items.

New Portal Experience

A few months ago, Microsoft announced the new portal Experience in Microsoft Purview as it offers a range of exciting new features and capabilities. Data Governance, Risk and Compliance are increasingly integrating into a unified experience. Microsoft Fabric will have a native integration with Microsoft Purview.

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Browse and search Fabric items

Just like Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Fabric is a new source for Microsoft Purview. Since Microsoft Purview is attached to every Fabric instance by default, you can click on the tile “Microsoft Fabric” on the front page of Microsoft Purview Data Catalog to start browsing your Fabric items. Automatically, any user can see the workspaces and Fabric items based on the permission setting they have in Fabric. You can also use the search bar to find Fabric items by keywords, filters, or facets.

Purview-Fabric-DataCatalog

Access metadata from Fabric items

In the coming weeks, Microsoft Purview Enterprise customers can provide broader access to metadata from Fabric items by scanning Fabric. When a Fabric is scanned, Microsoft Purview writes information about Fabric items to the Purview data map, and access to that metadata is governed by Microsoft Purview access control. This allows administrators to give users metadata access for data discovery or governance, without requiring those users to have read permissions on the underlying data sources.

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Live view in Microsoft Purview

Resources in live view in the Microsoft Purview Data Catalog automatically have this metadata available:

  • Name
  • Properties
  • Schema
  • Lineage

Creating a new workspace in Fabric will automatically appear in Microsoft Purview.

Purview-LiveView

Available resources

The following Fabric items will be available in Microsoft Purview as part of this public preview release.

Experiences Fabric items
Real-Time Analytics KQL Database
KQL Queryset
Data Science Experiment
ML Model
Data Factory Data pipeline
Dataflow Gen2
Data Engineering Lakehouse
Notebook
Spark Job Definition
SQL analytics endpoint
Data Warehouse Warehouse
Power BI Dashboard
Dataflow
Datamart
Dataset
Report
Paginated report*

* Only available by scanning

Conclusion

Microsoft Purview and Microsoft Fabric are two powerful services that work together to empower data discovery and governance. By integrating Microsoft Purview and Microsoft Fabric, you can leverage the benefits of both services, such as:

  • Browse and search Fabric items in the Microsoft Purview Data Catalog
  • Access metadata from Fabric items without requiring data access permissions

If you want to learn more about Microsoft Purview and Microsoft Fabric, you can visit the following links:

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